Swedish heavy metal stars Katatonia are on the search for a new guitarist after parting ways with bandmate Per 'sodomizer' Eriksson.

The rockers reveal creative differences and logistical issues following Eriksson's move to Spain last year (13) have prompted the group to find a replacement after four years together.

A statement released by the band reads: "A difference in views on the band's current operative as well as last year's decision from Per to permanently live in Barcelona have made his involvement in the band too problematic, both for him and for the remaining band members. They part ways as good friends."

A replacement has yet to be announced, but Katatonia have assured fans the line-up change won't affect its upcoming tour - Bruce Soord, from Wisdom of Crowds, will stand in as a special guest for the shows.